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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello welcome to another news hour from al jazeera at our headquarters in doha, i'm aid agreeian finighan. the top stories. 100,000 palestinians warned to leave their homes. justice for the m-- mothers of the murdered hold the dutch government responsible.
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and journalists stand in solidarity with our colleagues imprisoned in egypt for 200 days now. ♪ tens of thousands of palestinians desperate to escape as israel intensifies its assault on gaza. families gathered up their belongings after israel dropped leaflets threatening a new round of attacks. human watch rights describes the destruction of homes as a war crime. one has died in israel but the palestinian death toll continues rise. so far what is now the 9th day of the assault, 1,530 palestinians have been wounded. let's take you live, now to gaza
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city. john hendren is there. john, what is the latest? >> reporter: we're beginning to hear air drops downtown in gaza city, and we have heard a number of rockets thought the day. things seem to have accelerated over the past 24 hours since that's fire seemed to be possibility and then faded into oblivion. both sides have been very active. some 40 homes have been destroyed. those rockets keep coming out, but there have also been buildings. we were at the ministry of interior earlier, that was destroyed even though it was only two weeks old, that building, when this whole bombing complain began. and then you have this influx of thousands coming in from gaza city, where the israelis have
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ordered them out in order to they say pursue hamas leaders here on the gaza strip. >> john if of those people had only just returned to their homes after the failed ceasefire. >> i talked to a woman who had left her home three separate times. she said she went back to her farm in the north, there was bombing throughout the night. she said her children were traumatized. she said she asked her husband once again to come back. they stayed at the schools where the united nations were housing people. and found the rooms were no longer available. so those areas are overrun. people are living outdoors with their entire families. in some cases these families are as long as 35 extended people. what is beginning to perhaps what non-profit workers say here
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is a human rights catastrophe. there is a shortage of water and power for only eight hours a day. and with thousands more people here, it's not clear there will be enough. we're starting to see the beginning of what could be a really serious human rights problem. >> you mentioned there were kids that were traumatized, john, what are people telling you about the way they feel? would it be fair to say there is a sense of terror? >> it's absolutely true. i mean the women we talked to were there with many children around them, and they said these children have been out of their homes for the past 24 hours or so. one woman told us her children cried throughout the night. the bombing was so bad their
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hearing is now damaged. i can tell you when an explosion is near you, it's extremely jarring and loud and can affect your hearing for sometime after. you can just imagine in these northern areas where the bombs are nearly constant, and she acknowledged the rocket fire out of the gaza strip was also very heavy, that has really traumatized a number of people there, and these children are being affected in ways that perhaps will only come out, months, years from now. >> john many thanks. don't forget you can keep up with the developments on syria's president, bashar al-assad says that western and arab states will pay the price for supporting what he calls terrorism. he has been sworn in for a third seven-year term in office. the opposition condemned last
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month's vote which took places more than three years into a raging civil war as a farce. tens of thousands of people were unable to vote. >> translator: the election is a bullet directed to the chest of the terrorists. the media and hypocrisy cannot stand true patriotic elections. their words and statements do not stand for united people who are free and dignified. they are threaten us but they can't scare us, and won't success. >> we talked about participate assad warning western and arab states that they will pay the price. >> as well as the opposition and their backers, the regional powers, he also addressed his base support. he wanted to tell them he is
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giving them credit for fighting along with him and for him, and the fact they were willing to vote for him. he said his bottom line was basically we did this and we did this together. and now he was talking as if he has won the war already. he was promising reconstruction by the end of the year, and of course vowing to continue fighting what he calls the terrorist opposition. so you can tell he was trying to assure them. he wanted to seem confident. he wanted to tell them that he won and he will win and they chose the right side in this conflict. >> what was the main message he wanted to send to the wider world? >> was to the wider world that you tried everything, and i'm still here. and he tried to question the sin sirty of the backers of the opposition. he said how come you were backing them so stronger, and
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when it comes to the people in gaza, you are not doing much. so he is trying to plant the seed of doubt in the syrian opposition. he also wanted to make sure that he was right, there was no real syrian opposition. it was basically terrorists. and he said the fact that he and syria withstood the pressure actually meant and announced the death of the arab spring. he said there is no real arab spring. it was a plot to fight the region and concur it. and he spearheaded the complain to resist that kind of plan. >> ruela many thanks. in egypt eight men have been jailed for life for sexually assaulting women during rallies in cairo. they relate to four separate incidents in the square. one of the attacks happened at thousands celebrated sisi's election victory last month.
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sisi has ordered the interior ministry to fight sexual harrooszment. a court in the netherlands has ruled that the government is responsible for deaths in a cure. dutch soldiers failed to stop the killing. dominic kaine reports. >> reporter: a group of bosnian women arrive outside of the courthouse in the hague. they failed a lawsuit against the dutch government for the actions of its soldiers in july 1995. the mothers accused the soldiers of failing to prevent a massacre that the international court of justice has called genocide. boz knsnian serb forces seized control of the area. in the following days the men
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and boys of the town were murdered. >> translator: we're not talking about the loss of a brother or child. we're talking about the extermination of entire families. in many case there is no one left to carry the families name. >> reporter: but it's the actions of the dutch socialeds that the case in the hague concerned. the government of the netherland denied responsibility and said it had no direct control over its soldiers because they were under direct un orders. the familiar list believe the soldiers had a responsibility to protect them. >> first they are looking for the fact, who is in civil sense of the law, who is responsible for genocide? and after that, compensation. >> reporter: the two men believed to have ordered and overseen the massacre are now on trial in the war crimes court in
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the hague. they have both denied the charges. despite the almost 20 years since the murders, more mass graves are found regularly. the mothers hope that wednesday's court decision will go some way to giving them justice. dominic kaine, al jazeera. ♪ still to come here on the news hour. a new report reveals the extent of religious violence in the central african republic. we'll take a look . organizers of qatar's world cup speak to al jazeera around their criticism in hosting the tournament. vigils are being held for three al jazeera journalists who
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have spent 200 days in a egyptian prison. they are falsely accused of helping the muslim brotherhood. mohammed fahmy and peter greste sentenced to seven years each. baher mohamed received an additional three years because he had a spent bullet in his possession which he picked up at a protest. people worldwide have taken up the vigil to demand the release of the journalists. like these . . . and the uk's channel 4 us in team in gaza, jonathan miller says 200 days in an egyptian jail for committing the crime of journalism. an activist group has been
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campaigning for the release of mohammed fahmy who is a canadian citizen. they are calling on the prime minister to take urgent public action. allison is the executive director of the international press institute, she says that dozens of journalists have been unfairly jailed across the world. >> if you silence the voice of a journalist, then you silence a community. and that is really not part of democracy or engaging the community and the political process. really important not just today, but every day to keep up the noise about the imprisoned journalists, and to send out tweets and facebook postings, et cetera, asking for the release of these journalists, and bringing it to the attention
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of the public at large. i like the tweet you read a little while ago, that said let my people go. exactly. let our people go, and don't forget, free -- hashtag freeajstaff. and retweet it. china says it has ended its drilling operations near the disputed islands in the south china sea. a an oil rig was set up there two months ago in water also claimed by vietnam. more now from rob mcbride. >> reporter: china said it was conduct this exploratory oil drilling for two months. that two months is now up and its rig is being removed. it says it has discovered traces of oil and gas. those will be assessed to
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discover if it's viable to drill in that area. if it is, that takes this standingoff to a new level with vietnam, which of course, claims it has economic interest in this area, and it is for it to drill for oil and not china. china's position here is that it has the rights in this area, and follows on from a program of making very permanent its position in this part of the south china sea. last month it spoke of building a school, and we have seen the construction of administrative offices, effectively turning this one group of remote islands into the administrative center for even more remote islands that china lays claim to. japan's nuclear wash dog has given a plant preliminary safety
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approval to reopen. it has undergone a number of changes to make it compliant. all of the remaining 48 reactors have been off line since the 2011 tsunami. protesters have gathered in front of the embassy in seoul. they are showing their solidarity with women who were used as sexual slaves by the japanese during the second world war. they are demanding that the japanese government apologize and compensate the so-called comfort women. violent protests have begun in cambodia. they gathered on tuesday to demonstrate against the closure of freedom park. at least 40 people were injured in the clashes. the charge carries up to 30 years in prison. at least ten people have
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died as a result of powerful typhoon, which has moved through the philippines. warnings of giant storm surges and severe floods have forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate. >> reporter: the typhoon battered manila for only a few hours, but in that time, it caused considerable damage. strong winds blew down power lines, leaving almost a third of the city without power. schools and offices were shut down. several areas have been flooded and roads closed. the government says it is working overtime to get life back to normal. >> clean up operations will be number one. restoration of some facilities would be a priority likewise. plus while waiting and looking at lessons learned here. >> over 150,000 people have been told to evacuate, but many are
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stranded. some people here say they should have been better prepared and should have learned its lessons some time ago. this is the biggest storm to hit the country since typhoon haiyan struck last year. in that storm killed at least 7,000 people. >> the government says it is improving its disaster-preparedness program, but this shanty community is one of the hundreds that continue to live in the disaster zone. they are the most vulnerable. this man says he has been through this many times before, so we always brace for the worsworst >> translator: what else can we do? we endure, and then fix our homes. >> reporter: people say help from the government is just too slow in coming, and so they just rebuild on their own.
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doing the best they can with what little they have. let's get the latest on the typhoon from steph. >> before i tell you about the typhoon and where it is going let me give you the bad news for the philippines. we have been watching this area of cloud to the east of the philippines, and it appears to be developing into another tropical system. if so, it will be the second system to hit the philippines in just a few days. this area is one we are watching particularly closely. this it one of these bright white pockets that is moving its way towards the west. and towards the philippines. as to what has happened over the past years hour, you can see the cloud, and manila there is largely dry. the area of cloud, though, is absolutely huge now, but the center of circulation is still just a little bit towards the west of the philippines.
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currently we have seen sustained winds of just 165 per hour. what is going to happen over the next few days is it will run its way over the northwest. and the sea is its energy source so it will begin to strengthen. but the winds are quite strong, so that will preing event it from strengthening too much. it will ease as it works its way towards land, but has it hits land, it will be a category 2 equivalent. thanks much indeed. a strike has killed 18 fighters near the border. the pakistani military is involved in an offensive in the area. u.s. drone strikes began again in june after a hiatus of six months. just over the border in this
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afghanistan, the united nations security council has strongly condemned a large car bomb. jennifer glasse reports from kaboul. >> reporter: it's one of the deadliest attacks on civilians since the us-lead invasion in 2001. the market was crowded with shoppers when the massive car bomb exploded. the blast through cars in all directions. shops and buildings collapsed. the dead and injured were everywhere. some of the casualties ended up here in the hospital in kaboul. >> translator: we first went to the provincial capitol. but they didn't have the right equipment, so they told us to come to kaboul. >> we lost family members. young men, all of them dead in the same day. >> reporter: in the hospital's
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intensive care unit. this 5-year-old is fighting for his life. he has serious head injuries. there's not much more the doctors can do. the injuries range from shrapnel wounds to blunt force drama. the force caused serious internal injuries, and some wounds were made worse by the need to travel so far for treatment. >> it is very, very serious, and a bit complex. [ inaudible ] >> reporter: even this hospital is struggling to hope. it has only 100 beds. all of the beds in this hospital are full. this bed here is waiting for a patient to come out of surgery, and had to move patients into the laundry room and put beds wherever they can. civilian casualties in the first six months of 2014 are
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substantially higher than last year. this latest attack is a reminder of daily life in afghanistan. so far no one has claimed responsibility. jennifer glasse kaboul. the un's aid chief says it could be possible to control the disease by 2030. the number of hiv deaths and infections has fallen by a third in the last decade. the united nations calls the figures a sign of hope in wiping out the disease. the number of people with hiv is stabilizing at around 35 million worldwide. over 3.5 thousand people died in violence in the central african republic. doctors without borders has been speaking with some who fled to neighboring chad. we have legal advisor and project coordinator.
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she joins us now live from paris. 2.5 thousand people, were we aware of this number? >> they are still present at the heart of the violence in central africa. i think this report aims at documenting the scale which has been underreported and minimized by other actors, including the un. it shows in the beginning of the year, in december 2013, early 2014, a large number of muslims had to flee the country to seek refuge in neighboring countries. the figures that come out shows that those in charge have lost a very large number of theirs, 8% of family members interviewed, representing 32,000 people have lost or died either escaping or
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during their escape or during attacks in their village in central african. it's a very large number. and shows the scope of the atrocities that we have witnessed as doctors in the field, treating those victims of violence. >> and what has happened to the muslims who have stayed behind? who didn't flee the central african republic? >> well, currently they are trapped in neighborhoods -- for example, in neighborhoods in baneky or several areas in this the country. yet today, not only the muslims but also the christians are victims of violence of all of the armed groups present in the field. i think that what came out from the testimonies from those we were able to interview was first of all every family is missing someone, is looking for someone. for example, i discussed with a
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mother who explained to me that two of her six children were missing, and she was looking for them, but she had no means to go and see where she thought they might be. because she had nothing to travel with, and her husband was too old to joiner her. i think the escape has been dangerous. for example, in a small town in africa, one of the huge convoys was attacked, and killed all 20 men present, several women were raped and all of this in front of children and women, which shows that unfortunately, there are women, children civilians trapped in this violence. >> and even though who have reached the relative safety of places like chad and cameroon have a lot of problems health
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wise, don't they? you have talked about the trauma they have experienced, but they need a lot of medical care. >> absolutely. our teams in cameroon, msf teams there are now receiving over 100 people per day who usually have walked weeks, sometimes months in the west of central africa to get to cameroon and cross the border. what we see here is that in these camps, which are growing by the day, a child of two or less than five years old are mall nutritioned. and they represent 20% of the camp. as you said they have very traumatic experience. i remember interviewing a woman with two of her children who explained how she saw six of her eight children burn and die in front of her. you can imagine how difficult it is to pursue with your life and
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cope with your essential needs when you have lived through such high level of violence. >> absolutely. thanks indeed. ♪ we're approaching the midway point on this program. more concerns over the quality of free food serves to millions of poor kids in india. and in the murder capitol of the world, why so many are trying to escape honduras to start a new life in the u.s. >> yes! and we'll take a look at the millionaire behind the bid for the l.a. clippers. the details in around 20 minutes. ♪
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♪ good to have you with us. this is the news hour. adrian finighan with the headlines. the conflict in gaza looks to be escalating as israel's bombardment continues night and day. the death toll is now past 200. a court in the netherlands have ruled that soldiers were responsible for the mass cure in bosn bosnia. more now on our top story, the crisis in gaza with israel
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vowing to continue attacks, and hamas vowing to fight on. >> translator: there's no truce, no truce at all. hamas won't accept a truce. hamas says we live in a prison. there will be no truce unless they open our crossings, free our prisoners and get us medicine. >> translator: they have everything. they are fighting an armless nation that has nation, a poor nation. what can we do? >> translator: where can we go? we cannot leave our area. we cannot go. where? we have no means to go. i want to show you what is happening now in jerusalem, prime minister benjamin netenyahu is giving a press conference. we'll listen in to what the prime minister has to say, and report anything news worthy here on al jazeera in the next few moments. but earlier today my colleague,
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david foster spoke with a businessman and philanthropist, and asked him how likely an end to the violence could be reached? the >> i think the chances are hopeful and good if -- if israel will stop this madness and aggression, and to say what is the reason for all of this violence and aggression every two years or every year? i think the time is very appropriate. i think the people are there. and i the president is serious to find a way to stop the israeli aggression. >> it's rather isn't it that they have the president in cairo talking to the muslim brotherhood which would have been helping hamas. can you get the right sort of
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deal with that kind of support? >> of course, i think president sisi is very serious about stopping this sue no, ma' ma'am -- tsunami, and i think what triggered it because of what happened with the reconciliation. the palestinians cleared their louse, and they have one president, which i think everybody should support it, to go ahead and start doing -- clearing out -- to say israel it's about time for it to say, i'm pulling out. i will help palestinians to build their own state. the palestinians and israelis will live side by side. i hope they will come to their senses. i will tell the israelis please wake up before the tsunami is bigger and bigger. >> would you say the same thing to those people firing rockets out of gaza. >> yeah, well these people are
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doing it out of self-defense. i was in gaza last week, i watched rockets from the sea, air, and ground. so i think in self-defense, as you heard -- it's a big jail. everybody has been in jail. and i don't like to see people killed. i feel sorry for mothers from both sides, but the whole reason for this -- for this is the israeli occupation, let's sit down and talk about it. >> but that is so much bigger than saying to both sides, let's have a ceasefire and then we can talk about it? you are talking about a final peace deal or something that could last just until people sit down in cairo, perhaps both sides and start talking properly. >> well, i support for people to sit down, but we need to say what is after sitting down? what is after the ceasefire? we want the package deal to say we want to end occupation.
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palestinians are very tired of this occupation. the longest and ugliest occupation that the world has experienced. israel wake up and start doing something. i agree the president wants to find a way to sit down and he has been trying in egypt. but i think secretary kerry has tried, but i think the israelis must say, are we willing to sit down and talk about a two-state solution, which is a palestinian state that exists in the 1967 border. we showed you a few moments ago the press conference underway in jerusalem. and i said we would report anything news worthy. here is what the prime minister had to say just a few moments ago. >> they are targeting millions of our citizens, directly with
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rocket fire. it is a war crime. and also using their own civilians as human shields, another war crime. we have been trying to find a solution to this problem. yesterday i accepted the egyptian ceasefire proposal. this was a proposal endorsed be the un secretary general and the ar arab. we held our fire for six hours, and during that time, hamas continued to barrage our cities with rockets. hamas thus shut the door to a diplomatic solution, and therefore bares the soul responsibility for the continuation of the violence. it's responsible for the civilian deaths, the next deaths of palestinians that it uses as human shields, and is responsible for the israeli
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deaths. now five of the world's most powerful emerges economies have struck a landmark deal to create a new development bank. they will pay equal amounts to set up the new institution which could be worth as much as $100 billion. gabe reports from the brazilian city. >> reporter: it was all smiles for the leaders of the world's leading developing economies, brazil, russia, india, china, and south african, the so-called brics alliance. after hours of hammering out the details behind closed doors, they announced the headquarters will be in shanghai, the board of directors lead by brazil, and with a wing based in south africa, and the new bank will have plenty of cash. >> this is an historic decision
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to develop a bank of this scale. it may go to $100 billion. we're talking about large-scale institution that will be able to operate in se $500 billion. >> reporter: the creation of this bank is a sign of the times. they overcame great challenges to finally reach this point, but now the hard part, actually implementing it. one official told me it might take at least two years before the bank actually start lending. but are the bric countries ready for such a massive undertaking? not everyone is convinced. >> they are not ready. they are risking the progress they have had in the last ten years for a project that will
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not render the benefits they think they will have. >> the bric's leaders disagree. >> it will put some pressure on imf and world bank to reform quicker, because unless they reform and take brics nations into account more, i think this institution will be, you know, more dominant in the bric countries. >> reporter: economic and political dominance something these nations want more of, now opening their wallets to do it. more than 400 children have been rescued from a refuge in western mexico. security forces raided the home following dozens of complaints. its owner and eight workers are being questioned by police. >> translator: among the tasks the children were required to perform, beg for money, eat food
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in poor conditions, sleep on the floor with pests, sexual abuse, and they were prohibited from leaving. baby's born in the residence were registered in the name of the founder, and the parents had no rights. every week hundreds of hondurans needing violence in their own country are deported from the u.s. and mexico. more and more children are being detained. monica reports now from a city with some of the highest crime rates in the world where children as young as six are being recruited into gangs. >> reporter: in a country with the world's highest murder rate, this woman only feels safe inside the main church. ever since her husband was killed eight months ago, drug gangs are after her children. they want to recruit the six
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year old, and have him train his baby bother. >> translator: they simply say we will recruit him and take him with us. they don't ask for permission or anything. they come and go as they please. >> reporter: she admits the gangs gave her money, and she is forced to do what they say. they are the de facto authority in her neighborhood, and they know where all of her relatives live. the drug gangs of central america have always been feared, tattoos and initiation rituals are a thing of the past. gangs now are more business like, willing to invest in youngsters. >> translator: they said to me, we need you to spend this money on your boys. we want them to have everything they need. we dwoont them walking around without proper shoes on. they will form part of our group later on. >> reporter: for her risking the
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long trip to the united states as an illegal migrant is better than staying here. she comes to her husband's grave when she needs to make a decision. this cemetery looks abandoned, but this is where gangs bury their members, and that's the reason why you don't see any names on the graves. >> reporter: rival groups often vandalize the tombs. her husband's body is among three stacked up inside this mausoleum. for louisa survival means escape. she doesn't want her children to face this kind of future. children in the indian state are still getting sick from eating contaminated sdool -- school lunches. school and government authorities say they are doing
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their best to ensure the meals are safe. but many say it's not enough. >> reporter: for the children of this village, lunch used to be the highlight of their day. it's part of the government's free midday feel program, and it's certainly more food than their parents can afford at home. but last week, several children in a neighboring school were taken to hospital after a lizard was found in their lunch. >> translator: kids in our village feel there is something wrong this the food. that's why they are scared to eat it. >> translator: they won't send their kids to school. they want us to stop serving rice. instead of making the food, they want us to give them the money or the food rations. >> reporter: these parents are fearful for a reason. a year ago 23 children died after eating a school lunch laced with pesticide. it was one of india's worst food
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poisoning outbreaks. already this month dozens of students here have been taken to hospital, after being served ta tainted food. in one incident the children reportedly found in a dead snake in their lunch. >> translator: 20 children fell ill was of this rumor that there was a snake in their food. there was an investigation which found no snake. something nominal had just fallen in the food. >> reporter: the government says it has taken step to improve the midday meal program. they provide free lunches to 120 million children every day. education activists say better monitoring is needed, but in theory the program is a good idea. >> it is in fact helping the children and their families and also the government that -- the targets of it literacy are being
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achieved through it, and also nutrition issues are being handled. >> reporter: but the fate of parents and students has already been shaken. the program is supposed to provide an incentive for children to come to school, but these continues outbreaks of food poisoning are having the exact opposite effect. parents are now having to make the difficult choice between educating their children and protecting their health. time now in the news hour for sport. here is robin. >> thank you very much. senior official for the qatar 2022 world cup have told al jazeeraing they are not concerned about the investigation into the bidding process. qatar has been the subject of fierce criticism since being awarded the world cup, but has always denied any wrongdoing. the committee leader spoke to lee wellings.
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>> how difficult is it for you to deal with this public relations issue? it's also about the image of qatar. if you are getting people criticizing it, it defeats the aspect. >> in the short-term, yes, in the long-term this phase that we have gone through since 2010 i think will be an important phase. it is changing the perception, bridging cultural differences, and in my belief the cultural differences are being magnified right now. and if this wasn't magnified at this stage, then we wouldn't be able to achieve that goal later down the line. >> people constantly talk about qatar hosting this world cup in isolation. in south african, they talk about an african tournament. but people just talk about qatar and are forgetting about the aspect of the first world cup in
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the middle east. what is your view on that? >> i pose this question back to the -- to the people who have been continuously attacking and continuously openly undermining our bid, and the world cup in the middle east. it is racist? i don't know. >> the migrant workers that have come over in the last few months have they made enough progress? >> i think the progress made at the time i think are tremendous. people need to keep in mind the progress of qatar, and the evolution of qatar. in the past 30 years what qatar have achieve is what some countries have achieved in 150 years. and that includes laws. and labor laws are 'em meshed in that. some things need to catch up, and some laws need to progress
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and catch up with the other develops that are taking place. and this is the national evolution of any country. we welcome the headlines. we welcome the pressure. but it has got to be constructive. it's not just we have found a reason to bash qatar and if that reason no longer exists we'll find another reason. >> when are people going to embrace the 2022 qatar world cup? >> there are a lot of people embracing it. i witnessed it first hand during this world cup. we have launched our first open air cool fan zone to broadcast the world cup. and it was amazing. i can't describe it. the amount of people that were there. it was mainly a test site for us. it was to test open room cooling technology for open spaces, and our test was fabulous.
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13 degrees on average less inside than outside. humidity was in the range of 85 on average, inside it was 60, 65. these are perfect conditions to watch the game. there is a lot of anticipation for the world cup in qatar. there are a lot of people that are positive about it, and excited about it. >> in your heart and in your head, do you feel 100% certain that qatar will host the 2022 world cup? >> yes. >> thanks for speaking to me. >> all right. thank you. lee wellings there speaking to 2022 supreme committee member. you can watch both parts of that interview on our website, the address is the man who lead italian champion to a hat trick and series of titles has left the
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club on mutual consent. he played over 500 times for juventus returned as a manager in 2011. over 3 seasons he won 3 titles including one season unbeaten. and lead the club to two italia events. the los angeles clipper sale saga continues with the nba saying they can't guarantee that the franchise will be sold to perspective buyer steve boemer by the start of the season. bob reynolds reports on the billionaire businessman behind the bid. >> reporter: steve is a very wealthy men. and wealthy men can buy very expensive toys. >> he really wants a beebl team. and when you are worth 20
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billion, maybe this amount doesn't strike him as being too high. >> reporter: he has an outsized personality. >> yes! [ cheers ] >> he loves basketball. he is very, very excitable about the game. >> reporter: but he is also a businessman, and while many question some of his decisions as ceo of microsoft, for example, basically ignoring the smartphone revolution, analysts believe he try to turn the clippers into a money maker. >> even at $2 billion it is conceivable that that was a good price, a bargain price for a team like the clippers in a very hot league. >> reporter: the team is coming off of a good season and due to renegotiation a tv contract. and then there's basketball's global growth potential. >> there are more basketball
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players in china than people in the united states. basketball next to soccer internationally is -- is a globally acceptable sport and the clippers currently have a budding one-man star in blake griffin, and he is 23 years old and set up for big things in the future. >> yeah! >> reporter: whatever his plans may be, he may have to put them on hold for a while. that's because disgraced long-term clippers owner, donald sterling is fighting the sale in court, and sterling is suing the nba for banning him from the game because of racist rhetoric. sterling who is 80 says he will keep on fighting until his dying day. the american league beat the national league in the major league baseball all-star game on tuesday. new york yankees short stop derek jeter appeared in his 14th and final all-star game, and was
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given a lengthy ovation as he took to the field. the man to replace is one of the faces of baseball in the future. the american league got the eventual 5-3 win. >> yeah, i thought it was great. i didn't know what was going to happen. my back was turned and i heard cano yelling. but usually when he yells i ignore him. [ laughter ] >> and then i saw ramirezment coming out. so it was -- it was a wonderful moment that i'm always going to remember. >> now let's turn our focus to golf and tiger woods will make his return to major action is this week as he attempts to win a fourth open championship, and a 15th major title. the formal world number 1 is playing his first major of the year since recovering there back surgery. the tournament which begins on thursday is being played at the
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royal liverpool club. many commentators say, tiger's injury problems make the chances of beating jack nicklas's record unlikely. >> golf is a marathon. five-hour plus days of playing and grinding. yeah, when i have been physically not feeling my best, it's -- it's tough. it -- you can do it for a day. you can do it for maybe two days, but it's really hard to do it for all four. >> i'm not writing off tiger woods. >> you should never write off tiger woods. >> all right. that's your sport. >> robin many thanks indeed. communities in the canadian province are struggling to survive following the decline in the areas fishing industry. daniel lack reports.
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♪ >> reporter: at the edge of canada, where the icy landic washes a bleak shore, this is home of just over 2,000 people. their landscape shapes their lives and personalities. >> i think i grew out of these rocks, and there's nothing that i know that i didn't learn from these rocks somehow. >> reporter: she was born he here -- 55 years ago. she left in her teens, and wliel she was away fishing collapsed. now she is trying to attract tourists and create jobs. >> the only way to cure the playing of unemployment is to build economies based on culture, care, and craft, and that's what we have tried to do here. >> culture and craft shape the island in a stunning mix of contemporary design and local touches. the sea looms through every
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window. motifs drawn from island life are a constant backdrop. the island is known for its quilts and blankets. kolb's foundation helps local quilt makers transform craft into income-generating jobs. >> in developing this message, over the period that i have been here on residency, and it just seems like, oh, this is the perfect home for this message inside of a quilt. >> reporter: international artists are part of the mix too. drawn by the culture, they work around stewed -- in studios dotted around the island. rural communities kolb believe have culture and human capital. that has immense value.
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the challenge is to korea tait jobs and businesses to support those assets. to get outsiders to come, appreciate, and invest in what is here. >> this island is one little patch. toronto is a much bigger patch. but neither patch on their own can keep us warm on a cold night. and what we have is the ability to stitch together all of the patches so you have a hope and a country. >> reporter: she hopes to share her ideas with other dying rural areas, but for now it's just for this area. keeping these people here and viable in a fast-changing world is going to take even more challenge. daniel lack, al jazeera. today's top stories straight ahead on al jazeera. i'm adrian finighan, thanks for
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watching. i'll see you again. bye for now. ♪ @jvé
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